Pinal County

National Weather Service has extended an Excessive Heat Warning for:

  • Coconino, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, Yavapai, and Yuma from 7/15/19 at 10:00 AM to 7/16/19 at 8:00 PM.
  • Daytime highs are expected to be in the 108-115 degrees Fahrenheit range. Residents are advised to stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay informed.

Precautions to prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke:

Yesterday storm systems near the fire area produced gusty outflow winds. The winds increased fire activity in the Fish Creek area and along the northwest perimeter of the fire near Pinion Mountain. Containment remains at 68 percent. Fire crews continue to suppress hotspots along the fire’s edge. Smoke may be seen due to pockets of vegetation burning within the fire perimeter.

Suppression repair efforts are being conducted in all closed areas, such as chipping downed trees and hauling out equipment and debris to minimize the effects caused by the fire suppression.

For families with young children, the summer school break is upon us. The start of the warmer summer weather, backyard BBQ’s and definitely the time to jump in the pool and keep cool.
 
Pool safety is a year-round priority in Arizona and in Pinal County, but during the summer peak swimming season, it becomes critical that everyone practices good pool safety habits.  This means a heightened sense of awareness when young children are around the pool.
 
The Arizona Department of Health Services announced today that influenza activity is now widespread in Arizona. 
 
Pinal County has also identified this recent trend upward in flu activity.  As of December 20th, the Pinal County Public Health Department has confirmed 244 cases of influenza compared to 14 at this time last year. Pinal County also identified its first influenza related death of the season this week, an elderly resident of the county that passed away after being admitted to a local hospital.
 
Influenza (also known as flu) causes thousands of deaths each year. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months and older gets a yearly flu shot. Getting vaccinated each year against flu protects you and the people around you who may be more vulnerable to serious illness due to the flu, such as pregnant women, young children, people age 65 and older, and people with asthma or other chronic medical conditions.

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